April 2, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Two Tiger student-athletes have been recognized for their community service efforts from the Southeastern Conference. Swimming's Joe Hladik and gymnastics' Allie Heizelman are among 28 student-athletes nominated for the Brad Davis SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship as announced Tuesday (April 2) by the Southeastern Conference.
One male and one female from each of the SEC's 14 institutions have been nominated for the scholarship, and the overall recipients of the award will be announced on April 4. The Davis Award recipients each receive a $10,000 port-graduate scholarship, provided by the SEC. The 26 remaining finalists will also receive a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship. Award recipients are chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from the 14 SEC institutions, and will be honored at the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin, Fla.
Missouri's Male Davis Community Service Nominee, Hladik, is expected to graduate in May of 2013 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences. During his time at Mizzou, he has been a member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll, earned All-Big 12 Academic honors, was named to the Dean's List, and has also served as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Hladik donated much of his time to the MS Society, raising money for the research and treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. In addition to interning at Wellaware Boone Hospital, Hladik volunteered his time at the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia, the Central Missouri Food Bank, the University of Missouri Children's Hospital and the Special Olympics. The Indian Head Park, Ill., native native ranks fourth all-time at Mizzou in the 100-yard backstroke, is part of Missouri's school record 200-yard free and 200-yard medley relays, is a four-time Big 12 Championship medalist, team captain and U.S. Nationals qualifier.
Heizelman is Missouri's Female Davis Community Service nominee, she is expected to graduate with a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences in May 2013. Heizelman is a Mizzou 39' Award recipient, an award given to the top 39 seniors across campus. She is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society and an Academic All-Big 12 selection. She was recognized as a Scholastic All-American by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches and also named to the Academic All-Big 12 team, the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll and the Dean's List. Heizelman has also received a Wooden Cup Honorable Mention in addition to being named to the Big 12 Conference Chik-fil-A Winter Community of Champions. While at Mizzou, Heizelman has worked to connect Mizzou Athletics to the Caleb's Pitch organization to start syringe-art events at the local children's hospital. She also planned a week-long volunteer trip to Lexington, Ky. for Mizzou student-athletes to take part in as an Alternative Winter Break program. She has donated her time to the Mizzou Student United Way, the Veteran's Hospital, the Adopt-a-Soldier program, Special Olympics, Meals on Wheels and St. Francis House. The Cypress, Texas, native, is a four-year letter winner with the gymnastics program and helped her team to make four consecutive regional appearances including a regional Championship title in 2010.
The SEC Community Service Award is named for Brad Davis, who succumbed to cancer on March 2, 2006. He had been a member of the SEC staff since 1988, first serving as an assistant commissioner until 1994 when he was promoted to associate commissioner.